One Legged U.K. girl’s benefits slashed because she’s not disabled enough

Duncan Riley - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 9:01 p.m. ET

10 year old Devon Taverner from the U.K. was proud as a peach when she brought home a letter from her school that praised her for her bravery in overcoming the fact that she has only one leg. But when the Government found out about the letter stating that the girl could do almost anything the other kids could do now that she has a prosthetic leg, including swimming, riding a bike and other activities, they stripped her and her family of the £400 a month disability allowance they were getting.

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Losing the extra income puts Devon and her mother in some full-on hardship. Without the extra £400 in income, Devon’s mother, Joanna Taverner, can no longer afford to pay for the vehicle that was specially fitted to accommodate her daughter’s disability. Joanna also does not have a job because taking care of her daughter is a full time job with all her hospital visits and other necessary activities.

From the Daily Mail:

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The Department for Work and Pensions Disability and Carers Service said: ‘This decision was based on a school report which said she was doing really well at school and is capable of doing certain things.

‘Her mother is upset and she has the option to appeal, and we will wait for her to do so.’

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